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Staff

Our Team Staff

Naharia Holt-Elliott

Naharia Holt-Elliott — Director of Military and Outpatient Services

Dr. Naharia Holt-Elliott is licensed professional counselor in the state of Virginia who serves as the Director of Military and Outpatient Services at Poplar Springs Hospital. Dr. Holt-Elliott received her Doctorate of Counseling from Capella University and her Masters of Arts in Counseling from Wayland Baptist University. Prior to joining Poplar Springs in 2016, Dr. Holt-Elliott worked with active duty soldiers at the Schofield Barracks Behavioral Health Clinic in Hawaii conducting psychological and neuropsychological testing. Dr. Holt-Elliott proudly served her country for ten years in the United States Army. Dr. Holt-Elliott was born in Chicago, Illinois and enjoys taking care of her family and soldiers.

John Smith

John Smith — Director of the Residential Treatment Center

John Smith joined Poplar Springs Hospital as the Residential Treatment Center Program Director early 2018. He has over 17 years of experience working as a healthcare professional with adolescents in a residential setting. He is a graduate of an MBA program with an emphasis in business. John is passionate about providing safe, high quality care for our patients. He is a great addition to our team and the perfect leader for the Residential Treatment Center.

Jeri Harlow

Jeri Harlow — Associate Administrator

Jeri Harlow joined Poplar Springs Hospital in 1980 and has worked in various capacities over the years, such as Medical Records, Substance Abuse Services, and Patient Account Representative. Her most recent role was the Business Office Director where she supervised Patient Accounting, Reception, Utilization Management, and Medical Records. In early 2018, Jeri became the Associate Administrator at Poplar Springs Hospital. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience and is passionate about helping others. Jeri was born and raised in Hopewell, VA. In her free time, she enjoys running, biking, and traveling.

Felicia Arbuah

Felecia Arbuah LPC, CSAC, NCC

Felecia is the Director of Clinical Services at Poplar Springs hospital. She has been with the hospital over nine years working with individuals and their families and ensuring a sound clinical product. Ms. Arbuah received an Advanced Psychology degree from Saint Mary’s university in Halifax NS, Canada. She went on to graduate with her Master’s degree from The College of William and Mary completing both the Community and Addictions counseling and Marriage and Family therapy tracks.

Ms. Arbuah has worked with regulatory agencies, she has done alcohol and drug prevention work in the community and she has vast experience serving adults and adolescents with mental illness and behavioral health concerns. Ms. Arbuah has collaborated with service providers throughout the country and she had done presentations for various populations. Ms. Arbuah is also a LPC clinical supervisor and brings expertise in substance abuse services, family therapy, crisis management, and risk assessment.

Kristen Eichert

Kristen Eichert, MS

Kristen has over nine years working in the behavioral healthcare field, with five years working in Business Development for acute psych. Kristen has been the Director of Business Development at Poplar Springs Hospital since 2016. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Quian Buford

Quian Buford, M.Ed

Quian is the Director of Performance Improvement at Poplar Springs Hospital. Quian has been with the hospital for 13 years in which she has spent multiple years of experience working in the residential treatment community. Quian has served as the Admissions Director and in the role of Patient Advocate for the boys and girls residential program.

Quian has also served as a standing member on FAPT teams, and is well known within the community as a strong advocate for appropriate care for children. Quian received her bachelors of science in psychology and minor in family issues from James Madison University. She later graduated from Virginia State University with her Master’s degree in Community Counseling.

Medical Director

Dr. Simon

Thresa Simon, M.D., MSHA
Medical Director, Poplar Springs Hospital
Board Certified in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Dr. Simon is the Medical Director for the facility and oversees all the clinical services for the hospital. In addition, Dr. Simon is part of Virginia South Psychiatric and Family Services.

Dr. Simon received her medical degree from Stanley Medical College in Madras, India. She continued her training with an internship at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va., and her residency at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, Va. She also received a Master of Science in Health Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Simon is Board Certified in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry as well as Adult Psychiatry.

She is a member of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and the American Psychiatric Association.

Physicians

De. Neil Hines

Neil N. Hines, M.D.

Dr. Hines is the Clinical Director of Military Acute and Partial Hospitalization Programs at Poplar Springs Hospital. Dr. Hines received his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Molecular Biology from Hampton University and his Doctorate from Boston University School of Medicine. He completed a psychiatry internship and residency at the Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, VA. Prior to joining Poplar Springs in July 2013, Dr. Hines was the mental health division officer for the Oceana Clinic Triad of Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, VA. Dr. Hines spent one year as the head of inpatient mental health services at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, VA. Additionally, Dr. Hines deployed to Afghanistan during his active duty service, providing direct care to warriors suffering with acute combat stress reactions. He has been a Board-Certified Psychiatrist since July 2010.

Dr. Amara

C.R. Amara, M.D.

Dr. Amara is responsible for the clinical supervision of the Adolescent and Adult Acute Inpatient Programs at Poplar Springs Hospital. He received his medical degree from Kakatiya Medical College in Anghrapradesh, India. He continued his education with an internship at Detroit Macomb Hospital in Detroit, Mich., and residency at Norwich Hospital in Norwich, Conn. Dr. Amara worked as a fellow at The Institute of Living in Hartford, Conn., and New York Hospital in White Plains, N.Y. He is a Diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Dr. Amara provides outpatient treatment at the Virginia South Psychiatric Group.

Dr. Wooldridge

James Wooldridge, M.D.

Dr. Wooldridge provides clinical supervision of our Girls Residential Treatment Program. He received his medical degree from East Virginia School of Medicine in Norfolk, Va. Dr. Wooldridge continued his education at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va., as a resident in Child Psychiatry.

Dr. Wooldridge is a member of the American Medical Association, American Psychiatric Association, American Academy of Children and Adolescent Psychiatric Association, and Medical Society of Virginia.

Dr. Siddiqui

Salman Siddiqui, M.D.

Dr. Siddiqui serves as our Clinical Director of Boys Residential Treatment Program. He received his medical degree from Dow Medical College, University of Karachi, Pakistan. He continued his education as a resident at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center in Bronx, N.Y., and a fellow at University of Maryland in Baltimore, Md. He is Board Certified in Adult, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Dr. Siddiqui is a member of the American Psychiatric Association and American Medical Association.

Kahlon Jagdeep

Jagdeep Kahlon, M.D.

Dr. Kahlon received her medical degree from West Virginia University School of Medicine. She continued her education as a resident at West Virginia University Medical Center. Dr. Kahlon is Board Certified in Adult and General Psychiatry. She specializes in Adult and Geriatric Psychiatry and Addiction services.